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Ever wondered what led to humans taking over the skies? Sure, we all know the Wright brothers were the pioneers of controlled flight. However, do you know why two flight enthusiasts from Dayton, Ohio succeeded? This is the incredible story of two 20th century humans of data. Read on to find out how their historic accomplishment fueled the age of…

You may be familiar with principles for good data visualization when it comes to ordinary bar plots, scatterplots, and line plots. However, geospatial data visualization has its own set of principles for effective and honest communication. The answer to what is the “best” style of geospatial data visualization often depends on the type of data

Data sets are most valuable when people can understand them. When done right, data visualization is a great way to display large amounts of information simply and intuitively. However, in order to ensure that visualizations are effective, it’s important to follow a few important standards and avoid a few all-too-common mistakes. Data Visualization Do’s Keep the visualizations simple While many…

Data is most valuable when you have something to compare it to, but these comparisons aren’t helpful if the data is bad or irrelevant. Data is most valuable when you have something to compare it to. For example, it’s nice to know that your program helped 150 people this year, but that doesn’t tell you what you should do next…

Paper-based data collection has been around as long as humans have had an interest in understanding the world around them — tick marks on parchment were used by ancient civilizations to track food inventory, and in the 1800s the first known census was collected via pen and paper. Now, digital and cloud-based systems for data collection are rapidly increasing, but…